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Buffalo Rock State Park

On the bluffs of the Illinois River, Buffalo Rock State Park stands majestically on the north bank, and affords a magnificent, sweeping view of the Illinois River. The State Park is approximately 3 miles west of Ottawa, Illinois, and has long been a favorite picnic area, as well as a nature lovers’ delight. This State Park offers the ideal terrain for the beginner hiker. Mounds representing five earthen sculptures molded from Illinois clay, known as Effigy Tumuli, invite visitors ...

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Catlin Park

Catlin Park is a county park located in LaSalle County, Illinois. Catlin Park has 333 acres and is home to 14 distinct trails plus numerous connector trails. These trails course throughout the park’s habitat, including its various streams and ponds. The park’s horse trails are perfect for the novice horse riders and challenging enough for the more seasoned riders. The horse trails are recognized as some of the best in the Chicagoland area. The park is also home to an obstacle ...

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Heritage Corridor CVB-Utica

The Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has an Visitor Center in Utica to provide visitors of Starved Rock Country with area information. The office is your source for that latest information on area events, lodging deals, dining specials, and hiking maps of Starved Rock State Park. The Heritage Corridor is your traveling partner to exploring Starved Rock State Park, enjoying a ride along the “Mother Road” Route 66, or a visit along the 96 miles that made Chicago ...

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LaSalle County Historical Society

The LaSalle County Historical Society campus is located on the banks of the historic I&M Canal and is situated in the quaint village of Utica, Illinois, bordering beautiful Starved Rock State Park. The museum campus features five facilities: the Canal Warehouse, the One-Room School House, the Heritage Center, the Blacksmith Shop and the 1875 Barn. On Sundays in May – September, the historical society is home to the canal market. The LaSalle County Historical Society sponsors ...

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Matthiessen State Park

Matthiessen State Park is an Illinois state park located a few miles south of the more famous Starved Rock State Park. Matthiessen State Park is a paradise for those interested in geology, as well as recreation. With a visit to this state park, you can expect to see beautiful rock formations in addition to unusual and abundant vegetation and wildlife. An abundance of activities will be found at Matthiessen including, camping, fishing, horseback riding trails, geocaching, and ...

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Open Space Art Gallery and Studios

Open Space Art Gallery and Studios aims to inspire and empower the community through the arts. Located in Ottawa (a few minutes from Starved Rock State Park), The Gallery is a space for the artists to show their work in a professional setting and gives them the opportunity to sell their peices. The Communal Studio is a place for artists to create. They hold classes and private parties as well to truly embrace your inner artist.

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Ottawa Art League

The Ottawa Visitors Center serves visitors to Starved Rock Country with information on lodging, attractions, events and amenities. The visitors center is open 7 days providing information on Starved State Rock Park. The Ottawa Visitors Center also holds area walking tours for visitors and residents to learn about not only the area but the history of Ottawa. On your next visit to Ottawa, swing by the visitors center for your “Scenic Route to the Rock” information.

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Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum

The Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the Ottawa, Illinois area and Boy Scouting, Lone Scouts, and Girl Scouting.

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Ottawa Visitors Center

Open 7 days a week to service the traveling public.  The Ottawa Visitors Center is your one stop shop for information on the Starved Rock Area's special events, lodging, and outdoor activities. Stroll their turn-of-the-century OLD TOWN with its lush walkways, boutique shops and unique restaurants. Stop here for your "Scenic Route to the Rock".

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SaltTreeYoga

A trip to the Starved Rock State Park area is refreshing, especially when you make a stop at Ottawa's SaltTreeYoga. Everything at SaltTreeYoga focuses on restoring wellness and balance to the body, mind, and spirit. All services help with pain, detox, and/or relaxation. So many people in today's world are looking for more proactive choices to support their health and well-being. Their goal is to provide some of the latest natural healing methods and educational opportunities ...

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Spring Lake Nature Park

Spring Lake Nature Park in Streator, Illinois is 37.2 acres of natural land. The park includes two creeks, a sandstone formation waterfall, trails and flora typical of central Illinois. The park is home to a towering cottonwood tree is the one of the largest in Illinois and well over 200 years old. Spring Lake Nature Park offers an abundance of outdoor recreation such as hiking, bird watching, fishing, horseback riding, a natural beauty for photography enthusiasts. Spring Lake ...

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Starved Rock Marina

The Starved Rock Marina is a full service marina that offers dock rentals storage, repairs, launching and sells boats to the boating community. The marina is located on the scenic Illinois River across from the beautiful Starved Rock State Park and minutes from Buffalo Rock State Park and Matthiessen State Park. They have a large selection of pre-owned boats for sale and are a certified dealer for Rinker Boats, Sundancer Pontoons and Landau Pontoons. The marina is very unique ...

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Starved Rock State Park

Starved Rock State Park is a world apart from anything else in Illinois. From the minute you wind your car through the towering trees, you will feel as if you are away from everyday life. Starved Rock has 13 miles of trails to explore and the Illinois River offers fishing, boating, extraordinary views and great places to relax. Towering canyons are visible all year round with amazing waterfalls that are active in the spring and after heavy rainfall. No matter what the season ...

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Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center

The Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center is the place to start you Starved Rock State Park adventure, and is located along the Illinois River in the main park. The Visitors Center has several interactive displays, free videos on the park, hiking maps, exhibits and plenty of information on Starved Rock. As you enter the Visitors Center, you will be welcomed by a slice of the trunk of one of the largest American Elm trees in the United States that grew at Starved Rock. To sign ...

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Weber House and Garden

The Weber House & Garden, is located south of Chicago near Starved Rock State Park and sits on 2 acres in Streator, Illinois. The Weber House & Garden immerses visitors in storybook/Tudor architecture and English-style gardens. Visits will receive an intimate look at American history through the eyes of Ted Weber, a Chicago area radio and TV personality for over 50 years. The inside of the Weber House consists of cozy candlelit rooms that reflect the 18th century. The house consists ...

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Westclox Museum

The Westclox Museum in Peru, Illinois presents visitors with a history of the Western Clock Company, better known as Westclox. The museum is located in a portion of the historic Westclox building. On exhibit is a large collection of Tick Talk Magazines that hold all of the wonderful stories of the thousands of employees who worked at the Westclox factory. Learn about the company that began waking up America, and eventually the world in 1885 at the Westclox Museum.

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